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Mindspeed Technologies Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

December 12, 2012 | About:
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Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (MSPD) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-09-28.

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. has a market cap of $150.6 million; its shares were traded at around $4.01 with and P/S ratio of 0.9.

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The decrease in our net revenue for fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 was due to lower sales volumes for our communications convergence processing products, WAN communications products and intellectual property revenue. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in demand for our high-performance analog products. Net revenue from our communications convergence processing products decreased in fiscal 2012 when compared to fiscal 2011 due to a decrease in net revenue from a slowdown in carrier capital expenditures in 3G equipment, which resulted in fewer shipments of wireless media gateways used in terminating calls between the public telephone switched networks (PTSN) and mobile networks. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in shipments of products for small cell base stations of $9.9 million resulting from our acquisition of picoChip, which closed on February 6, 2012. Net revenue from high-performance analog products increased in fiscal 2012 when compared to fiscal 2011 due to increased demand for optical physical media devices, as well as an increase in demand for crosspoint switches. Net revenue from WAN communications products decreased in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 due to a slowdown in demand at several large customers, particularly in legacy ATM-based systems. WAN communications products represent a legacy business for us, as we have shifted almost all of our research and development investment into our growth businesses of CPE, wireless and high-performance analog products. Net revenue from intellectual property licensing and sales decreased in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 due to the timing of intellectual property sales. We have developed and maintain a broad intellectual property portfolio, and we may periodically enter into strategic arrangements to leverage our portfolio by licensing or selling our patents.

The decrease in our net revenue for fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010 mainly reflects lower sales volumes in our WAN communications products and lower revenue from the sale of intellectual property. These decreases were partially offset by higher sales volume in our communications convergence processing products and our

Our gross margin for fiscal 2012 decreased from fiscal 2011 due to a $19.2 million, or 12%, decrease in product revenue, and a $1.9 million decrease in intellectual property revenue. The decrease in gross margin was also due to $3.4 million of asset impairments recorded in cost of goods sold, which related to the impairment of an intellectual property license and a photomask during the third quarter of fiscal 2012, as described in Note 13 of our consolidated financial statements, and $1.4 million from the write-up to fair value of acquired inventory and amortization of acquired intangible assets related to the picoChip acquisition. The decrease in our gross margin as a percent of net revenue for fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 was driven primarily by a change in product mix, as well as a decrease in intellectual property revenue, which had little associated cost, and the asset impairments.

Our gross margin for fiscal 2011 decreased from fiscal 2010, principally reflecting a $5.8 million decrease in product sales and a $10.3 million decrease in intellectual property revenue in fiscal 2011. The decrease in our gross margin as a percent of net revenue for fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010 was primarily due to a decrease in the sale of intellectual property, which had little associated cost, as well as a change in product mix.

We believe that our existing cash balances, cash expected to be generated from operations and our revolving credit facility, will be sufficient to fund our operations, anticipated capital expenditures, working capital and other financing requirements, including interest payments on debt obligations, for at least the next 12 months. We have $375,000 of principal payments due in March 2013 and in June 2013 on our term loan with SVB and $15.0 million of principal payments due in August 2013 on our 6.50% convertible notes. We have no other principal payments on debt obligations for the next 12 months. We may acquire our debt securities through privately negotiated transactions, tender offers, exchange offers (for new debt or other securities), redemptions or otherwise, upon such terms and at such prices as we may determine appropriate. We will need to continue a focused program of capital expenditures to meet our research and development and corporate requirements. We may also consider acquisition opportunities to extend our technology portfolio and design expertise and to expand our product offerings. In order to fund capital expenditures, increase our working capital, re-pay debt or complete any acquisitions, we may seek to obtain additional debt or equity financing. We may also need to seek to obtain additional debt or equity financing if we experience downturns or cyclical fluctuations in our business that are more severe or longer than anticipated or if we fail to achieve anticipated revenue and expense levels. However, we cannot assure you that such financing will be available to us on favorable terms, or at all, particularly in light of recent economic conditions in the capital markets.

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